"Red John Rules" -- Just as Jane narrows down the Red John suspect list to seven, Red John strikes at a victim with links to Jane’s past, on the fifth season cliffhanger finale of THE MENTALIST (Photo : Colleen Hayes/Warner Bros.)
On the latest episode of "The Mentalist," which aired one week late due to a long-running football game, the search for the elusive Red John literally went up in flames.
In the episode "Fire and Brimstone," Jane (Simon Baker) visits his former home to prepare for some unwelcome visitors. He covers the house in sheets, and is seen carrying a shot gun. A man comes to the door, and Patrick is waiting for the man to enter.
It then backtracks to two days earlier, when Jane is telling the team to look for a suspect that has a tattoo of three dots on the their left shoulder. Jane then contacts both Reede (Drew Powell) and Sheriff McAllister (Xander Berkeley), saying he wants to meet with both of them at the same time.
Meanwhile, Lisbon and the rest of team are trying to track down Stiles (Malcolm McDowell), another Red John suspect, so he can get in a room with the other two suspects. Jane eventually tracks him down and helps Stiles escape his FBI detail. Stiles then goes to the designated meeting place.
Patrick texts all the Red John suspects--including the remaining two--to meet up at the desired location. Jane and Lisbon drive to the location, but stop along the way to look at the sunset. When they get out of the car, Jane hugs Lisbon and tells her how important she is to him. And with that, Jane jumps back in the car and leaves Lisbon behind. He knows he has to carry out his final mission alone.
Patrick then arrives at the house. Meanwhile, Lisbon takes a man's car and races over to the house.
The five suspects show up one by one. Once they are assembled in the room, Jane says that one of the men could be Red John. He then tells them that Red John has a tattoo of three dots on his left shoulder. They proceed to show Jane their shoulders. Ray and Stiles are tattoo free, but the sheriff, Reede and the head of police each have the three dots. There is a gunshot, then it cuts to Lisbon arriving at the house.
Lisbon gets out of the car and begins to run to the house. Once she gets to the door, the house explodes.
On the next episode, "The Great Red Dragon," the hunt for Red John will reach a boiling point.
The synopsis reads: "Following the shocking events at Jane's house, the Red John list is going to get narrowed down further, and the CBI's priority will be the remaining suspects."
Jane's search will also reveal a much bigger conspiracy.
TVLine also reports that the explosion at the end of the episode was not a diversion technique; it was the real deal. When Sunday's episode opens, there will be bodies and body parts at the scene of the explosion.
Lisbon will also place her trust in "the worst person possible."
Watch the promo for "The Great Red Dragon" below, which airs Sunday, Nov. 17 at 10 p.m. on CBS.